Author Archives: Steve Prentice

FaceFirst – Facial Recognition Technology

FaceFirst – Facial Recognition Technology

Enhanced shopping by Face or by Mook As retailers struggle against the growing influence of online ecommerce, they continue to seek new and innovative ways to gain a customer’s trust, loyalty and shopping dollar. Two techniques that are making waves are facial recognition systems and Mook status. Companies such as NEC and FaceFirst provide facial…

The Rise of Ransomware

The Rise of Ransomware

Ransomware IT security company KnowBe4 has issued a warning regarding a new strain of ransomware called VirRansom, which “utilizes both ransomware and parasitic virus features,” according to a statement released Monday, Dec. 8 by CEO Stu Sjouwerman. As a self-replicating program, this particular strain has the potential to lock up a company’s entire system, demanding…

Putting The Cat Back In Captcha

Putting The Cat Back In Captcha

Captcha Madness Could this be the end of the annoying squiggly text? Google has announced an upgrade to the concept of Captcha, the challenging text identification quiz that humans have had to struggle with for the past many years. In an attempt to thwart bots from overwhelming mailing lists and membership lists, numerous websites have…

Amazon gets to the bottom of private brand sales

Amazon gets to the bottom of private brand sales

Amazon Elements Amazon has taken one more giant leap in its ongoing quest to redefine the retail world. This time it has gone into private labels. It was announced last week that it would start selling diapers and baby wipes under its own Amazon Elements name. These baby products are likely just the first of…

What Psy Did To YouTube

What Psy Did To YouTube

What Psy Did To YouTube South Korean singing superstar Psy broke YouTube. He didn’t mean to, but views of his 2012 hit Gangnam Style this week exceeded the capabilities of YouTube’s view counters, and this has necessitated the rewriting of the hit counter code from 32-bit to 64-bit. What this means in straightforward terms is…

The Internet of Things, 2015 and Beyond

The Internet of Things, 2015 and Beyond

Internet of Things 2015 According to IDC, the upcoming year is going to be a busy one for the Internet of Things, in many cases filling and stretching the systems that have just started delivering its varied services to industry and consumers alike. Presenting at their recent IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Internet of Things 2015 Predictions…